Cody & Jordan: Black Hills Wedding Photographer

Cody and Jordan, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your wedding day! I can’t get over how perfectly the snow fell, and I don’t know if I’ve seen a couple more excited about how the day unfolded. What a joy it was to spend this time with you and your families! Enjoy a few of my favorites! —js

 

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Jordan Says: The first look was probably my favorite moment, seeing Cody underneath a blanket of snow just waiting to see me. It felt like we were inside of a snow globe. The frosty noses and snowy kisses, I could literally feel snowflakes landing on my lashes. But also, I slid on the deck at one point while we were walking around taking pictures and my feet went flying, everyone’s reaction to it was far too hilarious to ever forget. I think my Dad thought I was crying but I was laughing.

Cody Says: Jordan’s reaction during the ceremony. She basically started jumping up and down during our vows, just seeing her so happy and knowing I finally gave her the dream wedding she always wanted. Also, the first look was pretty unforgettable.

Jessica’s Take: I second what Jordan and Cody mentioned—the first look was so much fun—an incredibly happy, beautiful time. They read letters that they had written to one another, and I love that they’ll have those words, along with their vows, forever to look back on.

 

Jordan Says: My dress is seriously my favorite thing ever and I’m still super bummed about having to take it off. Audra’s bridal added sleeves to a sleeveless gown and no one will ever have the same exact dress I did and that is so special. My flowers from Jenny’s Floral were also a favorite, they made me tear up the moment I saw them and were basically dusted in snowflakes the entire day.

Cody Says: My favorite detail was how Jordan looked so beautiful in her dress. She looked like a snow princess.

Jessica’s Take: I loved the florals, as well as Jordan’s vision for her bridal look. She looked glamorous and effortless all at once (that braid!), and she wasn’t the least bit worried about her hair or shoes getting snowed on. In fact, she was thrilled about it!

 

Jordan Says: Every little thing really does work out! Just try to enjoy every moment because its over before you know it!

Cody Says: Try not to let your fiancé be too overwhelmed. Although it is very stressful leading up to the wedding its all going to be worth it when she says “I Do”.

 

Jordan Says: I am most excited to make decisions around us. Building a home and a family and a future is something I always have my mind set on, I’m so excited to see what the future has in store for us.

Cody Says: We got to go on an amazing honeymoon adventure. Also making Jordan my wife after all these years together is fantastic.

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Chad & Hannah: Scottsbluff Nebraska Wedding Photographer

Chad and Hannah, I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day. I have absolutely loved getting to know you better over the last year, and cannot wait to see all the good that your marriage will bring to you and to others. You are truly a blessing. (And I miss you already.) Enjoy a few of my favorites! —js

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Hannah Says: The most memorable part of our wedding was from the time I saw Chad waiting for me at the end of the aisle until the end of the service. I was nervous until I saw him there, and then it all got better. When I got up to the altar and held his hands and kept looking in his eyes, it was like we were the only ones there besides the pastor. I forgot about everyone else in the crowd, and it felt like it was just us. Seeing the look in Chad’s eyes as we spoke our vows and said our “I do’s” was unforgettable.

Chad Says: Watching Hannah walk up the steps to me at the alter.

Jessica’s Take: I loved this whole day. I loved when Hannah’s dad and new mother-in-law (who has known Hannah longer than Chad has!) saw Hannah in her dress for the first time. I loved being there when the bride and her family stood and prayed in the dressing room before the first look. I loved the incredible music at the ceremony (I literally had to remind myself that I was working, and to keep shooting.). The mother-son dance had me crying like a baby. But if I have to choose one moment, it would be the split second Hannah and Chad had to themselves before the bridal party caught up to them after the ceremony recessional. I could hardly believe it’s my job to witness that kind of joy.

Hannah Says: I loved it all! Mostly because of the people that made it possible. One friend did my makeup, one did my hair, one made my cake, Chad’s sister made the appetizers (besides all the other jobs that friends helped out with). And it all turned out so perfectly, but the experience was part of what made it so memorable. And it meant so much to me that my sister and another friend sang at our wedding. The flowers were gorgeous! But I think the detail I loved the most was our unity braid. When we went up to do the braid at the altar, it didn’t work like we practiced. I completely drew a blank on how to even braid, and it really was a joint effort to complete that project. It proved to me that it takes us both to lift each other up and complete each other’s shortcomings. Our first of many joint projects together as a married couple!

Chad Says: Everything was so detailed that it makes it hard to choose one thing. I would say the cake table was probably my favorite set up. Katie did such a good job on the cakes and pies that it was an impressive spread.

Jessica’s Take: I loved the texture of Hannah’s dress and her bridal bouquet!

Hannah Says: Just remember the reason you’re doing all this. Don’t get so caught up in the details that you forget why you’re getting married. Because at the end of the day, no matter what happens or what goes wrong, you’re still going to be married!

Chad Says: It’s not all about things going according to the written plan, its more about the two of you together than the drama that might arise during the day. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect because the guests don’t know what was planned and what was made up.

Hannah Says: No more long distance relationship! I love being able to cuddle with him every night before bed, falling asleep in his arms, and waking up to him. Building a home together and really making decisions as “us” instead of “you and me.” Knowing I have his unconditional love and support. Knowing that he’s always there to talk to and go do things with. All the little details, like coming home from work one day and seeing that he made me a pot of tea. It’s all awesome!

Chad Says: The time together without a constant schedule of having to be somewhere else soon. Plans work much better when we are together than when we need to be at the same place at the same time. It is much better working as a team than as individuals.

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Paola: Rapid City Maternity Photographer

 

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

 

 

 

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Chad & Hannah: Scottsbluff Wedding Photographer

Hannah and Chad, this time with you was so much fun, and I smile and smile and smile some more when I look through these photos (and not just because of that perfect light). I’m thrilled I get to witness your wedding in a few short months—it will be such a joyous day! Enjoy a few of my favorites! —js

 

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It’s hard to pick just one, but the first one that comes to mind is Chad’s ability to always make me laugh. Chad rarely has a bad day and if I’m having one, he does everything he can to get me laughing again. I always tell him that life is never boring with him and that’s no lie! He has awesome one-liners that I have to tell other people because they’re just too good not to share. His laugh is pretty infectious!

But I also really like how Chad puts so much thought into building things for me. He bought a house in the country and has been rebuilding it from the studs because he knew how much I wanted us to start our life out of town. That house is filled with lots of little things he thought would be convenient for me or that he knew I would like. And then there’s my engagement ring. He had a custom ring made that has every feature I ever liked on engagement rings. He’s an amazingly creative guy.

This sounds kind of silly, but I think I had a deep down gut feeling (or maybe I should say heart, so it’s more romantic) the first weekend after I met Chad. But if you’d have told me that then, I wouldn’t have admitted it. It seemed too crazy to just “know” after meeting someone for 3 days, but I did. If you know how Chad and I met, there’s too many “coincidences” for it to just be chance. I love how God arranged the timing just right in so many aspects of our meeting, dating, and engagement. I’ve never doubted that Chad was the one for me.

She is such a caring person that she always puts others above herself. Her compassion for others shines every time she comes into a room like a radiant light. I cannot figure out how I got such a beautiful woman to follow me around and spend her life with me.

When she looks at something she likes you can see it in her eyes that it is something that she wants, and this is no different when she looks into my eyes. That look she gave me was instant from the first few days we met, it was meant to be. The love and admiration that we show for each other is like nothing I’ve experienced before and I want that feeling for as long as we live.

 

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Tony & Melissa: Black Hills Wedding Photographer

Tony and Melissa, thank you so much for asking me to be a part of this day! I’ve absolutely loved getting to know you, and am not at all surprised at the personal details and fun-loving vibe you were able to incorporate into your day. Enjoy a few of my favorites! —js

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Melissa Says: There were so many memorable moments from the day, but the most memorable moment was probably our first look. The day had started very calm and fun with my girls as we got ready, but as we reached the venue (and the clouds were closing in) I began to get nervous! Seeing him for the first time that day without anyone else around was so exciting and oddly calming (and one of the only moments we shared alone that entire day). Even as the rain started coming down, all my cares went away and everything from that point felt perfect. We had written letters to each other that morning and exchanged them at that time and reading his letter to me I couldn’t hold back the tears, it was so sweet and meaningful, and something we can keep forever to remember just how we felt about one another on that day.

Tony Says: When Melissa tapped me on the shoulder wearing the most beautiful dress I could ever imagine, that was probably the most memorable moment. She looked so beautiful I teared up.

Jessica’s take: Although the wedding day was full of wonderful moments, my favorite moment happened before the wedding day even arrived.  I met Melissa for coffee to catch up and to chat last minute logistics a few days prior to the big day. I asked her what she was most excited about, and she told me simply, through the sweetest tears, “To be married to Tony. I’ve been in love with him for so long, and I can’t believe it’s finally here.” I couldn’t get that out of my mind as I spent the day with them, and it reminded me of just how lucky I am to be a part of people’s stories.

Melissa Says: Because I was a DIY bride, all of the details were so special, but my dress had to be my favorite! I’ve never felt the way I felt that day wearing that dress! It had the most beautiful beading and just the right amount of sparkle! I could have lived in that dress! I also loved the wedding photos of our loved ones. It was a tribute to the successful marriages we hope to emulate and had couples from both Tony’s mom and dad’s side and my mom and dad’s side and it is just neat to think of families coming together as one through marriage.

Tony Says: There were so many cool details… the live band, pig roast, balloon drop, the bar Melissa’s uncle built us… all of it came together and we were so glad everyone had a good time!

Jessica’s Take: I loved Melissa’s bouquet, as well as the planted herbs at the reception. They were sweet and simple—and smelled good! And, I love a dog in a bow tie. Louie looked so dapper!

Melissa Says: My advice for couples planning their wedding would be to have fun with it, not everything will go as planned, but you truly don’t mind because at the end of the day, you’re married, and that’s what counts. I would also say get as much done beforehand because there’s a lot you can’t do until last minute, and you want to be able to enjoy that time with your husband or wife-to-be and friends and family arriving!

Tony Says: If she says “Do you want to hire this out?” say “YES!” The less you have to do, the better. That way you can be in the moment and enjoy this time with your loved ones. Also, you are extremely exhausted afterwards so having someone designated to take care of the clean up is really helpful.

Melissa Says: Getting to say “my husband” has been fun, ha ha! But honestly just knowing Tony has my back no matter what is the best feeling. Planning our honeymoon, having married people conversations, and just every day little things feel different than before. I feel like I won the lottery and I could not be happier!

Tony Says: Knowing that I get to wake up next to Melissa for the rest of my life is definitely the best part about being married so far. And that we finally have our house back from wedding take-over!

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